Steve Earle asks the hardest of questions in the darkest of times

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 23, 2003 By Steve Newton Steve Earle garnered a lot of attention last year for “John Walker’s Blues”, a song that put the Nashville-based singer-songwriter in the unfortunate shoes of captured Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh. At a time when many of his countrymen were ready to string … Continue reading Steve Earle asks the hardest of questions in the darkest of times

Sinister director goes from horrifying to horrible with Deliver Us From Evil

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 3, 2014 Director Scott Derrickson's Sinister was one of the better Hollywood fright flicks of 2012. It was a grim descent into domestic horror, with Ethan Hawke convincingly portraying a true-crime writer uncovering genuinely creepy supernatural goings-on at his new home. Derrickson's latest, Deliver Us From Evil, is pretty much the opposite. … Continue reading Sinister director goes from horrifying to horrible with Deliver Us From Evil

Horror review: Buried

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 6, 2010 A few years ago, I was sleeping in the bunk of an old camper and I woke up feeling claustrophobic for the first time in my life. I had to clamber over my startled wife in the dark and exit that cramped space, pronto. It was a very … Continue reading Horror review: Buried

The MC5’s Wayne Kramer recalls raging against the American war machine

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 30, 2004 By Steve Newton It's hard to find a contemporary garage-rock band that isn't heavily indebted to the MC5. Although it only released three albums in its five-year recording career, the Detroit quintet--along with fellow Motor City maniacs the Stooges--left an indelible impression on nearly every punk-edged act that … Continue reading The MC5’s Wayne Kramer recalls raging against the American war machine